Artist-in-Residence Opening

Amanda Weber
May 24, 2022

2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence Application 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN 

Residency Timeframe: Sep 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023 
Hours: Flexible, to be determined in collaboration with Director of Worship & the Arts 
Compensation: $8,000-$10,000, plus allowance for cost of materials 

About the Residency 
Westminster Presbyterian Church partners annually with a local artist in a Residency program that aims to find new and creative ways to deepen the congregation’s experience of faith and connection to one another and the community. In return, Westminster seeks to nurture and support the faithful artistic ministry of the Artist-in-Residence, providing a stipend and a platform for the artist to share their creations both with the Westminster community and beyond. Artists of all mediums and disciplines are encouraged to apply. We actively seek a diverse representation of peoples and faith backgrounds as we explore and encourage spiritual development in our community.   

Each residency is uniquely shaped as a collaboration between the selected artist and Westminster’s Arts Staff, with a goal of interfacing with a vast intersection of Westminster’s community, including but not limited to: Sunday/Wednesday worship; Adult Education; Families, Youth, and Children (FYC); Social Justice ministries; and Congregational Care ministries. Although each residency runs from September through May, our hope is that the end of each engagement marks the beginning of a lasting relationship between the artist and the Westminster community. To see examples of past Artists-in-Residence, visit:  westminstermpls.org/grow/artist-in-residence 

About Westminster 
Westminster is an engaged, urban congregation worshipping in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Serving as a telling presence in the city since 1857, Westminster is known for its stirring worship services, commitment to justice, and passion for the arts.   

Westminster is also known for its world-class art collection. The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. Started in 2002, Westminster’s collection features work from both regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs our faith. 

Westminster’s music ministries are equally as rich. The church features two organs and a contemporary concert space, completed in 2018, recognized for its acoustical and design qualities and housing Westminster’s new Performing Arts Series.  

Responding to COVID-19 
Westminster has had an active response to the COVID-19 pandemic, managed by a task force of Westminster members who are medical professionals and other related fields. At this time, Westminster staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted; this requirement would extend to the Artist-in-Residence. Masking is generally optional in the building but is required for events involving children 5 years old or younger. Westminster carefully follows COVID safety protocols as a way of caring for those most vulnerable in our community. 

Responsibilities and Expectations: 

  • Artistic offerings and collaboration in worship: 
    - Participation in worship across services (Sundays at 8:30am and 10:30am, Wednesdays at 6pm). The frequency and nature of this presence depends on the art form and is discussed prior to the start of the residency. 
    - Occasional participation in other special services or events as requested 

  • Community-building through the arts:  
    - Help build momentum around the arts at Westminster through collaboration with the Arts staff and connection with congregation members 
    - Lead a series of workshops or other creative events geared toward Westminster members  
    - Interact with Westminster ministry groups (e.g. Faith in Action, Adult Education, Youth Group, etc.)  
    - Make connections to the broader community through artistic outreach 

  • Administrative duties: 
    - Write 1-2 articles for the Westminster News 
    - Attend 2-4 Staff meetings across the year and check in regularly with supervisor 

  • Space use: 
    - Westminster will provide practice, performance, and teaching space use during the year of residency; scheduling must be coordinated in advance 
    - Parking is accessible free of charge during building hours     

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Interested applicants should submit the following materials to Kenneth Vigne, kvigne@wpc-mpls.org. Applications will be considered beginning June 20, 2022. 

  • A CV or Resume, including contact information for three references 

  • A brief statement discussing your interest and qualifications for this position, as well as your vision for what you hope to achieve during your residency. Please include any resources Westminster would need to provide for your residency to be successful.  

  • A small sample that represents the body of your work